With a win over Somerset on Monday afternoon, the Pulaski County Maroons could have all but sewn up a number one seed inside the 47th District.
However, the Briar Jumpers had other ideas.
Somerset broke open a scoreless game by plating four runs in the top of the fifth inning, and Charlie Dishman made that cushion hold up, as Phil Grundy’s crew left PC Field with a 4-1 victory over Pulaski County, leaving both clubs tied atop the 47th District standings with identical 3-1 records.
“For us to get the one seed in the district, this was a must win,” stated a very happy coach Grundy after his club’s win.
“We’ve got to win out,” continued the Somerset coach. “We’ve got to beat Pulaski next week in the suspended game, and we’ve got to beat Rock (Rockcastle County) later this week at home. This is a big week for us. It was good to see Will Hislope step up big there in the fifth inning with that two-run single, and it was good to see Logan Ramsey come through.”
Early on in Monday’s tilt, PC’s Aaron Smith and Somerset’s Charlie Dishman were hooked up in a great pitcher’s duel.
Smith fanned five of the first six Somerset hitters he faced, allowing only one hit over the first four innings of play to the Jumpers.
However in the fifth inning, Smith ran into all sorts of problems.
Logan Ramsey led things off with a single, and he would later come home with the first run of the game thanks to Will Hislope’s two-run single, which also scored Cody Carrender who had worked Smith for a walk earlier in the inning.
Addison Thompson tripled in another run, while Dishman helped himself with a two-out, run-scoring single to give Somerset a 4-0 lead.
Pulaski County countered that Somerset flurry by scoring a lone run in the bottom half of the frame, thanks to an RBI hit off the bat of Kyle Payton.
However, Dishman slammed the door on the Maroons at that juncture, leaving the score 4-1 in favor of Somerset through five innings, with neither club scoring over the last two innings of play.
“I thought Aaron may have gotten a little tired tonight, especially after throwing against Rockcastle County last week,” stated PC head coach Danny Masten after the game.
“He got into some trouble there in the fifth inning, and going in, with Aaron and Charlie on the mound tonight, I felt like this would be a pitcher’s duel,” pointed out Masten. “I thought a run or two might win this thing, and we’re disappointed with the loss, but it was a well played game by both clubs. The good thing for us is that our destiny in the district is still in our hands. We’ve got to go over to Casey County later this week and take care of business over there, and then try to win the suspended game with Somerset next week.”
Dishman picked up the win for Somerset, throwing a complete game against the Maroons, allowing six hits while striking out seven hitters and walking three.
At the plate, Addison Thompson led the way for the Jumpers with a pair of hits — a triple and a bunt single.
For the Maroons, Smith was the tough-luck loser, pitching five innings allowing five hits to Somerset while fanning seven and walking four.
At the plate, the Maroons were led by Taylor Hurt and Payton, who each tallied a pair of hits for PC in the loss.
Somerset — 13-9 on the season — will return to action on Thursday at home against Rockcastle County in another district contest, while Pulaski County — now 6-14 on the year — will be on the road against district foe Casey County.
PC — 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 — 4 7 1
SHS — 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 6 0
TRIPLES — (SHS) Thompson.
RBI — (SHS) Hislope 2, Thompson, Dishman. (PC) Payton.
WP — Dishman
LP — Smith